Twice as Nice

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Job 40:6-42:17

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Job 42:10, “When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!”You build your dream home with love and care. You feel blessed to have such a comfortable and secure dwelling place. Then a huge storm hits, and your house sustains great damage. Your roof is gone, your belongings are destroyed, and your life is shattered. All that remains is the solid foundation on which you’ll have to rebuild. Your only hope is in the fact you’re insured. The process is slow, but you begin restoration. And when the arduous task is complete, you find you’ve been blessed with a home twice as nice as what you had before. And, although you remember the pain and strife, you’re a survivor, stronger and wiser, more complete and mature.This is a picture of Job’s life. After all he’d lost — his health, children, and wealth — God restored it all. He’d been a man of faith. His “insurance” was living righteously and trusting in God. So, God blessed Job with twice as much as he’d had before. Why? God is in the restoration business. He is our solid foundation.In times of loss, we must remember that God loves to bless His children and hurts with them along the way. Most importantly, though, is that through it all, God is always faithful and glorified in the end.

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Lord, You are faithful. Help me remember this in times of loss. With Your hand upon me, I’m blessed. May You be glorified through me. Amen.